Minnesota Golf Association

Burnham Claims 2 Cactus Tour Titles

April 29, 2020

PHOENIX -- The LPGA Tour, like nearly every other professional sports organization in the United States, suspended operations in March. There is, however, one women's golf tour still operating -- The Cactus Tour.

Sarah Burnham, the former three-time MGA Women's Player of the Year, has taken advantage of the chance to compete, and she's won twice in the last month. She claimed the first of those victories at Sundance Golf Club in late March. Shooting 76-72-72--220 (4 over par), the former Michigan State All-American -- and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year -- won by four strokes over Britney Yada and two amateurs, Payton Fehringer and Anika Varma.

That victory was worth $2,800.

Burnham is in her second year on the LPGA Tour, but she has played in only one event in 2020 and missed the cut. 

After winning at Sundance, Burnham won again two weeks later at Apache Creek. She opened with an even-par 72 there, but followed it with a 67 and a 68 for a 54-hole total of 207 (9 under), good for a one-stroke margin of victory over Yada -- and $2,500.

Tying for third was South Dakota star Brenna Lervick. The former two-time All-Summit League first team selection from Chanhassen came back from a first-round 74 with a pair of 69's to finish at 212. 

Burnham has also chalked up one second-place finish this spring, two weeks ago at Union Hills. Sophia Popov, who is from Heidelberg, Germany, rattled off three consecutive 71's for a 3-under aggregate of 213 to take the first-place check of $2,500. Burnham ended up two behind at 215 (70-73-72), two ahead of another German, Sophie Hausmann, who finished third.  


Tournament #11

At Sundance GC

First place -- $2,800

1. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove                    76-72-72--220

T2. Payton Fehringer (a), Pocatello, Idaho        75-74-75--224

T2. Anika Varma (a), Roseville, Calif.                75-75-74--224

T2. Britney Yada, Hilo, Hawaii                           70-77-77--224

Tournament #13

At Apache Creek

First place $2,500

1. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove                        72-67-68--207

2. Britney Yada, Hilo, Hawaii                                74-67-67--208

T3. Brenna Lervick, Chanhassen                       74-69-69--212

T3. Emily Penttilae, Finland                                  72-70--70--212

Tournament #14

At Union Hills

First place $2,500

1. Sophia Popov, Germany                                   71-71-71--213

2. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove                        70-73-72--215

3. Sophie Hausmann, Germany                            76-71-70--217

Tournament #16

At Las Colinas

First place $4,000

1. Sophia Popov, Germany                                      61-69-64--194

2. Britney Yada, Hilo, Hawaiii                                   66-68-69--203

3. Sophie Hausmann, Germany                               70-66-68--204

T8. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove                          68-70-73--211

12. Brenna Lervick, Chanhassen                           68-74-72--214

Tournament #10

At Moon Valley CC

First place $2,000

T1. Anna Nordqvist, Sweden                                     67-68-66--201

T1. Lisa Peterson, Sweden                                        67-69-65--201

3. Mina Harigae, Montery, Calif.                                 66-69-67--202

T4. Sarah Burnham, Maple Grove                            68-72-67--207

17. Brenna Lervick, Chanhassen                             72-75-72--219



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